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Lessons from Literature

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Lessons from Literature

Lessons from Literature

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there, If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. (Psalm 139:7-12 NASB) Some...

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Mercy for the Hearing

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Mercy for the Hearing

Mercy for the Hearing

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-22 NLT) A few years ago I was in a coffee shop when I noticed a Deaf woman signing to a friend on a tablet. After she finished, I was able to start up a conversation with her. This was before I learned American Sign Language (ASL). We communicated by way of a few signs and a lot of typing on the laptop I had with me. I learned that she was born deaf and...

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The Power of Prayer

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

(Note: Last week’s article was written by Miel Formantes. The editor apologizes for the mistake!) Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. (James 5:14-15a NIV) Some of you may not know this, but I lived in China for a little over a year. While I was there, I attended the local church almost every Sunday, and by Christmas, I was asked to participate in their...

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Loved in His Promises

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Loved in His Promises

Loved in His Promises

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV) Have you felt that God made you a promise? I’m talking like a son for Abraham and Sarah or a king for Israel, or the best promise, Jesus for all mankind. Well, maybe not quite that level, but something that you heard God say will come to pass that seems a bit (or a lot) impossible? I was thinking about how God has been moving throughout my life, and of all the things...

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Persist in Prayer

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Persist in Prayer

Persist in Prayer

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” And...

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My Mother’s Hands

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on My Mother’s Hands

My Mother’s Hands

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Luke 13:34 NIV) A few weeks ago, I was giving my kids a bath, looked down, and saw my mother’s hands. I wish I could say that my first reaction was positive, but it went something like this: “What? Where did those come from? When did I get so old?!” But once I moved past my initial shock, I thought of all that my mother’s hands...

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Offering a Contrite Heart

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Offering a Contrite Heart

Offering a Contrite Heart

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17 ESV) It feels so difficult to say this, but lately I have been feeling very burned out. Emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I know we all go through this, and I think this is one of my seasons. For the past several months, our family has been taking care of my Grandmother in her home, who has moved to hospice status due to her terminal cancer diagnosis. Therefore, we are there to support her while she lives out her final...

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A holy manikin—NOT!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on A holy manikin—NOT!

A holy manikin—NOT!

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB) My mama is a great walker. An avid hiker, she couldn’t imagine a day passing without a good striding walk or hike. Now, at 98, she’s one of two walking women in the skilled nursing facility. Using her walker, she strides around and will even run a few steps playfully. Mama passed her love of walking on to me. When I get out from under a ceiling and the world opens up, my body wants to move. My arms and...

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Unity in Diversity

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV) This past Sunday, I preached on this passage in 1 Corinthians. The audio will be posted here, but in case you missed it, here’s an overview. The first point I made was that each of us is important to the Church—the body of believers. No one is too young, too old, too poor, too sick, too broken—too anything—to be used by God. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles,...

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Never in Darkness

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Never in Darkness

Never in Darkness

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) I know it’s been more than a week, but I’m still geeking out over and marveling at the solar eclipse from last Monday. It was so beautiful! Where were you when it happened? I was jealous of my family in Corvalis, OR and Nashville, TN, as they were in the path of totality. But I also didn’t want to brave the crowds of people heading to the darkened path. Instead, I got to...

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